Core Skills and Levels

VACSWIM covers a range of skills to give our kids confidence in and around the water. Participants can build on their water safety knowledge each year as they advance through the program.

As the programs are streamlined, you are welcome to participate in a pool program one year and beach the next. Or you could even participate at a pool location in block 1 and a beach location in block 3. 

To take the stress out of choosing the right level for your child, check out our online quiz:

Download PDF versions of the tables by clicking the images below.





As an extension to the VACSWIM program, we are offering the Basic Water Rescue course to not only enjoy over the summer holidays but to provide participants a meaningful opportunity towards paid employment.

This course will provide the building blocks toward accredited courses including Community Surf Rescue Certificate, Pool Lifeguard and AUSTSWIM.

Please note that as this level is an extension of the VACSWIM program, the first block is not subsidised.